Often releasing a self-titled album is a huge risk due to forever associating your bands name with one particular release. However, this risk seems to have not phased Century Thirteen with their self-titled album due out July 13th. Along with being self-titled the band will be self-releasing this release making this album appear extremely personal and meaningful to Century Thirteen.
Century Thirteen certainly do not hold back with this record and throw everything at it with each and every track having infectious energy and outstanding musicianship from all members of the band.
With a opening instrumental that builds up to a stellar opening track which summarises all that is good with Century Thirteen from the traditional punk-rock sounding vocals to pulsating bass line that drives the song forward.
By focussing heavily on bass lines Century Thirteen have been able to create a album that never once becomes dull or tiresome and is able to keep the listener captivated through every single song. This is partnered with expert pacing in which no one track is to long or to short ensuring every track on this album is interesting and fresh in their own right.
Throughout the whole album you can clearly hear how the band have been influenced by punk rock bands from the lyrics to how the guitars are paced. Whoever this is not just Century Thirteen trying to emulate what worked for bands before them they also manage to make it their own. The band achieve this through bringing some more pop based and alternate rock type choruses into their tracks. By doing this Century Thirteen manage to perfectly mix the known with the unknown.
Upon finishing this album, you can’t help but be impressed with how much passion is on display in this album and how hard Century Thirteen have worked to create such a strong album. From start to finish this album manages to keep you hooked and never once falters in its attempt to mix old school punk rock with modern pop punk. I for one can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.